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Congratulations and welcome to the AISK Community!

Discover how great it is to be a part of this welcoming and great community. Below you will find everything you need to know about becoming an AISK student. Any questions, please give us a call at 876-702-2070.

Orientation Schedule - Thursday, August 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM

TIMEACTIVITY
10:00-10:30 ELEMENTARY ORIENTATION with PRINCIPAL MICHAEL CHARLES
10:00-10:30MS/HS TOUR OF SCHOOL/VISIT TO IT DESK/UNIFORMS/SCHOOLOGY
10:30-11:00ELEMENTARY TOUR OF SCHOOL/VISIT TO IT DESK/UNIFORMS/SCHOOLOGY
10:30-11:00 MS/HS ORIENTATION with PRINCIPAL JAIA MASTERSON
11:00-11:30VISIT TO IT DESK/UNIFORMS/SCHOOLOGY

 

 

Uniforms 2017-2018

AISK Uniform 2017-2018

AISK has a defined dress code that aims to:

  • teach students the role appearance and neatness plays in developing a sense of pride in oneself and the school
  • maintain a degree of formality and decorum appropriate to a serious academic environment     
  • include clear guidelines that are enforced effectively
  • allow parents to avoid spending excessively
  • permit reasonable comfort    

THE REGULAR SCHOOL UNIFORM

The School Uniform is to be worn for the entire academic day with the exception of Physical Education classes (see below). This is also true for most field trips.

Shirt:    White short-sleeved polo shirt with the black, gold and green AISK logo
Pants/Skirt/Shorts:Navy blue or khaki colors only.  Must be worn at the waist and with a dark-colored belt if the shirt is tucked in. Pants/skirt/shorts must be plain, standard “uniform standard” clothing.  For shorts and skirts, length must be at or just above the knee.
Shoes/Socks:Must be solid, closed black shoes with no contrasting colors. Socks must be solid black, white, or dark single tones. Socks must be worn with shoes.
Cover-ups:There may be days when it is cool enough that a student may want to wear a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt. The regulation school coverup is available online.
Jewelry:  Conservative, neat jewelry may be worn in moderation; jewelry must not be distracting.
Makeup: Modest visible makeup is permitted; light colored polish (clear, pale pinks, French manicures) is permitted.
Hair/facial hair: Conservative, neat, natural-looking hair colors and styles only.
Hats:Hats are permitted for outdoor activities.  The wearing of sunscreen is strongly encouraged.
Religious observance:If any part of the uniform does not permit a student to dress in a manner that is required by his/her religious beliefs, s/he may apply to the Principal for consideration.

 

THE PE UNIFORM

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
On PE days, elementary school students are permitted to wear their PE uniforms all day.

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
The Physical Education Uniform is only to be worn during physical education classes or during special events such as sports days. Students may arrive at school in this uniform if their first class is physical education. Students may wear the physical education uniform when leaving AISK if they had physical education during their last class of the day. The physical education uniform is the same for boys and girls:

Shirt: AISK Hurricanes PE shirt and House shirt
Shorts:AISK PE shorts with AISK logo
Shoes:Trainers/Sneakers, any color
Hats/Sunscreen:The wearing of hats and sunscreen for PE is encouraged
Jewelry:In general, no jewelry should be worn for PE.  Small items may be worn at the discretion of the PE teacher, but safety concerns will take precedence. 
House Events:

For House events, students must wear PE regulation shorts and the AISK standard house shirts available online. Other colored shirts and/or shorts are not acceptable.

 

UNIFORM ORDERING

THE FULL SCHOOL & PE UNIFORM IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE ONLINE:

ORDERING FROM ABROAD
For Families that are able to access online purchasing and take delivery off the island, you  may purchase directly from the Lands' End site by clicking on the Lands' End link below:

 

ORDERING LOCALLY
For Families who prefer to have uniforms purchased on their behalf and delivered to their door, please order from Mailpac Express by clicking on the Mailpac link below:

 

NON-UNIFORM DAYS

On occasion, school days are declared to be non-uniform. On these days dress must be clean, modest and appropriate; all rules for normal uniform days apply here (shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup) with the only exceptions of color and style. It is important to recognize that school is a place of learning. 

The following dress code is to be followed:

Coverage: all shaded parts of the body shown here should be covered.

Prom, School Dances, and Semi-Formal functions are considered special events; we remind you to be modest in the selection of a dress or outfit. 

                          

                           

                

                                  

  

 

School Supplies Lists

School supplies List

Please see below the link to the school supplies list by Grade:

Elementary New Student Orientation 2017-2018

Essential Information
for New Families

Please read this essential information before the NEW Family Orientation meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in the Media Center.

Front Office

The Front Office at AISK is the first building you see when entering the school.  Office hours are 7:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, except during holidays as noted on the school calendar.

In addition to general duties, our receptionist is also available to assist with the following:

  • Accept items dropped off by parents
  • Collect money for field trips, yearbooks, school pictures, etc.
  • Assist our entire school community (students, parents, and faculty) with general school information
  • Provide gate passes for students leaving school early
  • Provide visitor passes

Business Office

The AISK Business Manager, Ingrid Fitt, is supported by Rachael Henriques and Kerry-Ann Lawes.  The Business Office is responsible for:

  • Collection of tuition and fees
  • School event set-up
  • Rental of AISK facilities
  • Maintenance of the school
  • Human resources
  • Purchasing
  • School budget
  • Staff support

Head of School

The Head of School’s office is always open to members of the community.  Time with the HoS, Shirley Davis, may be arranged by stopping by or contacting Charlotte Smikle, csmikle@aisk.com.

Nurse

The school nurse, Karen Hobbs, is available Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm.  She is present for after school activities and all special school events on campus.

ATTENDANCE

DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES

Only vehicles with visible and current AISK stickers will be permitted on the school’s campus.  Parents and bus drivers must enter through the designated gate on College Green Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.  Upon entering the property, the drop off zone is a designated area from the Front Office to the main building entrance.  The drop off zone is not a parking area.  If parents wish to walk in with their children, they must park in the car park.

School begins at 7:50 a.m. and students will be supervised at 7:30 a.m.  School dismissal is 2:40 p.m.  Children must be picked-up promptly after school and no later than 2:55 p.m., or 3:55 p.m. if they are participating in the extra-curricular program.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Student attendance is of primary concern at AISK.  Students should make all efforts to attend school every day for the school year.  Parents are strongly encouraged to not excuse students from school for the purposes of extending vacations, outside activities or for minor ailments.  Upon returning to school after an absence, parents must call, send an email, or a note, signed by a parent/ guardian or physician, indicating the dates and reasons for the absence.  This note must be taken or sent to the Principal’s office before returning to class.

The school does not condone the unexcused absence of students and respects the rights of those students present not to be held back by those absent. At least 90% attendance is required to attain credit for a yearlong course or promotion to the next grade level.

Absence due to illness:

The student, parent and teacher share in the responsibility of initiating and following up on the completion of make-up work.

Absence due to travel:

It is the student’s and parents’ responsibility to complete all make-up work.

TARDINESS
Students are expected to arrive at school and to class on time.  If a student arrives at school after 8:00 a.m., he/she must go directly to class.  He/she will be marked tardy in Power School (our school information management system).

PERMISSION TO LEAVE SCHOOL

Parent/guardian is required to communicate to the teacher when a student needs to leave school before regular dismissal time.  Date, time of departure and the person to whom the child will be released must be stated.  The parent/guardian must sign for the student’s early dismissal in the office.  Parents are strongly encouraged to make routine medical, dental and other appointments outside of school hours, so the learning is not disrupted.

ILLNESS

Children with a severe rash, fever, diarrhea, contagious probability, and/or vomiting must remain at home and be free of symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  Any contagious illnesses or conditions must be reported to the school.  Communicable diseases, such as head lice, ringworm, and impetigo must be reported to the Principal and School Nurse.  Even if thought to be a communicable disease, a report will be made and parents will be contacted.  The child may be required to report to school with a doctor's note stating that the issue has been dealt with and the child has been cleared.

In the event of injury, any action the Head of School deems necessary will be taken to ensure the well-being of the child.  The office will make every attempt to contact the parents before any action is taken.  An Accident/Illness Report will be completed by AISK the Principal.  One copy will be kept on file at school and one copy will be sent home.

MEDICATION PROCEDURES

All medication should be sent to the nurse, Karen Hobbs, and will only be administered following specific directions from a physician.  If a student becomes ill at school, parents will be notified and asked to promptly pick up their child.

Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever. If a student develops a fever during school, we will administer Tylenol or Advil (if we have a signed Over-The-Counter Medication Form). We will then contact you to come and get him/her. If you have given permission through the AISK permission form, the nurse will administer ONLY over the counter medication.  Parents will be notified in this event.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

DRESS CODE
AISK has implemented a school uniform for all AISK students to be worn everyday, Monday through Friday, including off-campus field trips.  The school uniform identifies a young person as a student of the American International School of Kingston and should be worn neatly and with pride.  Students arriving at school out of uniform will remain in the office until proper clothing arrives or will return home with the parent.

UNIFORMS
Shirts:White short sleeve polo shirt with the black, gold and green AISK logo. Shirts do not have to be tucked in for either boys or girls. Shirts should be a decent length and not look sloppy.
BottomsBottoms should fit appropriately, not tight or baggy and worn at the waist. Shorts and skirts must be no more than 2” above the knees. The bottoms must be cotton, cotton blend or twill.
Boys:Navy blue / khaki pants or shorts worn with a black belt.
Girls:Navy blue / khaki shorts or skirts.
Shoes/Socks:Must be solid, closed black shoes with no contrasting colors. Socks must be black or white.
PE:PE uniforms are to be worn to school on PE days unless otherwise noted.  PE uniforms   may be purchased online and/or from the Front Office.
Coverups There may be days when it is cool enough that a student may want to wear a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt. The regulation school coverup is available online.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE
Jewelry:Conservative, tasteful jewelry may be worn in moderation.
Makeup:NOT permitted for this age group, this includes nail polish.
Hairstyles:Neat and natural-looking hair colors and styles.
Protective Wear:For outdoor activities, the wearing of hats and sunscreen is mandatory.


UNIFORM ORDERING

THE FULL SCHOOL & PE UNIFORM IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE ONLINE:

ORDERING FROM ABROAD
For Families that are able to access online purchasing and take delivery off the island, you  may purchase directly from the Lands' End site by clicking on the Lands' End link below:

 

ORDERING LOCALLY
For Families who prefer to have uniforms purchased on their behalf and delivered to their door, please order from Mailpac Express by clicking on the Mailpac link below:

Religious observances - If any part of the uniform does not permit a student to dress in a manner that is required by his/her religious beliefs, she/he may speak to the Principal for consideration.

NON-UNIFORM DAYS

On occasion, school days are declared to be non-uniform or dress down.  On these days the following expectations will be implemented.

  • Dress must be clean, modest and appropriate. It is important to recognize that school is a place of learning.
  • Halter, one shoulder, backless, crop, tube or spaghetti strap tops are not permitted (stomachs and bras must not be seen).
  • Shorts and skirts are to be a modest length (no more than 2” above the knees).
  • Jeans below the waist are not permitted.
  • Underwear, this includes any clothing known to be underwear, is not to be visible.
  • Any clothing that depicts a form of profanity, violence, drugs, alcohol, vandalism, weapons, tobacco, inappropriate designs and/or offensive pictures or slogans is unacceptable.
  • While the wearing of hats on dress down day is permitted, they are not to be worn in class.
  • Rules for jewelry and makeup remain the same as uniform days.

This policy is in effect for school dances and dress down days.  You will be asked to change or leave the school grounds if you do not respect the rules indicated above. While evening functions are considered special events, we remind you to be modest in the selection of a dress or outfit.

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

Student supplies are required for the first day of school.  Please have all supplies labeled with your child’s name.  Please see the school’s website for grade-specific supplies lists www.aisk.com - last item under Admissions.

Is your iPad AISK network ready for the first day of school?

iPads must be brought to the Help Desk for AISK network preparation between Monday August 10, 2015 - Tuesday August 18, 2015. The laptop will be prepared to access the network services e.g. printing and file-sharing.  Students will be assigned school email address and logins to school software.

Parents should also note that they will need access to a computer in order to log on to our various e-resources.  Login ID and passwords can be obtained from the IT Coordinator Patricia Watkins at pwatkins@aisk.com.  As previously mentioned, all information regarding your child can be found through our e-resources and, in particular, Schoology.  Pat Watkins is the person to help you with Login information for this resource as well.

SCHEDULES
The general schedule for the elementary follows the guidelines below.

LUNCH
Parents are encouraged to provide as nutritious a meal as possible; candy and junk food are to be avoided.  Gum is not allowed. As all students have a mid-morning snack time, an appropriate snack should be included with each lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring water to ensure adequate hydration. Food may also be purchased at the cafeteria.  To make cashless purchases from the school cafeteria, debit and credit cards are accepted. 

COMMUNICATION

BOARD MEETINGS
The schedule of Board Meetings is published in advance.  The first 30 minutes of the meeting are open for community discussion.  Parents may request a copy of the agenda and/or minutes of the last meeting from the school office.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Board is held in October.  An open forum for parents is held once per year.  This is an opportunity for parents and Board members to discuss issues of concern to the AISK community.  Parents are invited to contact the Head of School at any time for concerns, questions or suggestions.

CLASSROOM ANNOUNCEMENT

Individual elementary information and updates will be on class Schoology.  It is imperative that parents know how to access Schoology.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER - eNotify
This information is sent out electronically every week to your email inbox.  If you are not receiving the Week Ahead every Saturday morning, see or email Katie Edwards at keedwards@aisk.com.

E-MAIL
Individual classroom teachers and office will often contact parents via email.  All staff members email addresses are first initial last name e.g. – Jason Ferris is jferris@aisk.com and found at the front of this handbook.

SMS
The main office will send reminders to parents of important upcoming events or general emergency information through our SMS system.  An SMS will arrive to your cell phone

TELEPHONE USE IN THE FRONT OFFICE
Students are allowed to use the school telephone and must obtain teacher permission prior to going to the office to use the telephone.  Sometimes you will need to get a message to your child, and we will make every attempt to relay messages.  Please help us by limiting calls to emergencies only.

BULLETIN BOARDS

Bulletin boards for parent’s use are available at AISK.  Those wishing to post notices must request authorization through the office.  The PTO and general notices bulletin boards are located between the cafeteria and courtyard.  There is also a bulletin board in the upstairs and downstairs elementary hallways for displaying students’ work.

WEBSITE - www.aisk.com
All information pertaining to the school is posted on the website.  This includes current news items, calendars, future plans and all other information related to life at AISK.  Schoology is the best click for yourselves.

MORNING AND EVENING MEETINGS WITH ADMINISTRATION

Dates of meetings for the Board and administration will be communicated in a timely fashion through all social media.

PARENT CONCERNS

Parents who have a concern or questions about curriculum or any classroom routine should privately discuss the matter with the teacher by arranging an appointment.  If the teacher is unable to resolve the issue satisfactorily, a parent’s next course of action is to refer to the Principal.  Any other matter connected with the school or its administration should be discussed with the Head of School.  If the Head of School is unable to satisfactorily resolve the matter, the person making the complaint may refer the matter to the Board of Directors in writing.  Please see section 9 of the Board Policy and Regulations for more details about this procedure.

APPLE IPAD PROGRAM

As part of AISK’s vision to mold students into being creative, critical thinkers and to motivate them to achieve their potential in a global environment, AISK embraces students’ use of Apple laptops and iPads and other technological devices as part of day-to-day student learning.

Elementary students are required to own and use an iPad in grades 1-4 and own an Apple laptop in grade 5.  The use of Apple devices is built into the curriculum and is, therefore, an integral part of all classes and activities at AISK.

Students and teachers are strongly encouraged to visit the Help Desk for assistance and repairs.  AISK is authorized by Apple to perform simple repairs and maintenance on all Apple devices.

AISK does not, however, maintain a supply of Apple spare parts needed for advanced repairs.  Please note that all repairs are subject to spare parts shipping time.  The IT department will make every effort to supply students and teachers with loaner devices during the repair period.

AISK’s Apple devices must comply with all copyright laws, therefore downloading illegal/pirated software; music, movies, etc. are prohibited.  See the Acceptable Use Policy for more details.

Damaged laptops that require work by MIST or Apple should be managed wholly by parents.  The IT Department will help to diagnose concerns and problems.  The student or parent is responsible for the delivery and pick-up for servicing by all outside providers.

PEOPLE TO CONTACT FOR HELP - 876-702-2070
Head Of SchoolShirley Davissdavis@aisk.com
Elementary School PrincipalMark Charlesmcharles@aisk.com
Technology Coordinator Patricia Watkinspwatkins@aisk.com
Athletics Coordinator  
Activities Coordinator  
MS/HS CounselorTory Pottertpotter@aisk.com
Business Manager/HRIngrid Fittifitt@aisk.com
Accounting ClerkKerry-Ann Lawesklawes@aisk.com
Principal’s Assistant, Elementary SchooLKatie Edwardskeedwards@aisk.com
Front Office SupportSeanne Williamssewilliams@aisk.com
NurseKaren Hobbskhobbs@aisk.com


 








Middle & High School New Student Orientation 2017-2018

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION 
FOR NEW FAMILIES

Essential Information for New Parents

Please read this essential information before the NEW Parent Orientation meeting scheduled for 10:30 AM on Thursday, August 18, in the Media Center.

Front Office

The Front Office at AISK is the first building you see when entering the school.  Office hours are 7:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, except during holidays as noted on the school calendar.

In addition to general duties, our receptionist is also available to assist with the following:

  • Accept items dropped off by parents
  • Collect money for field trips, yearbooks, school pictures, etc.
  • Assist our entire school community (students, parents and faculty) with general school information
  • Provide gate passes for students leaving school early
  • Provide visitor passes

Business Office

The AISK Business Manager, Ingrid Fitt, is supported by Rachael Henriques and Kerry-Ann Lawes.  The Business Office is responsible for:

  • Collection of tuition and fees
  • School event set-up
  • Rental of AISK facilities
  • Maintenance of the school
  • Human resources
  • Purchasing
  • School budget
  • Staff support

Head of School

The Head of School’s office is always open to members of the community.  Time with the HoS, Shirley Davis, may be arranged by stopping by or contacting Charlotte Smikle, csmikle@aisk.com.

Nurse

The school nurse, Karen Hobbs, is available Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm.  She is present for after school activities and all special school events on campus.

ATTENDANCE

 

DROP-OFF AND PICKUP

Only vehicles with visible and current AISK stickers will be permitted on campus. On entering the campus, the drop-off zone is a designated area in front of the administration building. The drop-off zone is not a parking area. If parents wish to walk their children into school they must park in the car park.

School begins at 7:45 am and students will not be supervised before 7:30am therefore, students are expected to arrive after 7:30am. School dismissal is 2:55pm with optional tutorial time from 2:55pm to 3:15pm. Students must be picked-up promptly after school by 2:55pm or 3:15pm if attending tutorials or 4:30pm if they are participating in the extra-curricular activities program.   There is no supervision of students after 2:55pm unless they are in a supervised tutorial or activities program.

Students driving themselves to school are required to park their vehicles in the car park. Students are not to loiter in the car park and are not to return to their vehicle until the end of the school day. Students are not permitted to leave campus during the school day except with permission of the Principal and with a gate pass.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Student attendance is of primary importance at AISK.  Students should make all efforts to attend school every day of the school year.  Parents are strongly encouraged not to excuse students from school for the purposes of extending vacations, outside activities or for minor ailments.

If a student cannot attend school for medical or another necessary reason, the parent must contact the school immediately so the absence is excused.  Students are responsible for all work that takes place during an absence; it is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her teachers to make up missing assignments and to learn of home work that has been assigned. The school does not condone the unexcused absence of students and respects the rights of students present not to be held back by those absent. Unexcused absences can result in no credit for assignments that have taken place.

At least 90% attendance is required to attain credit for a year-long course or promotion to the next grade level.  Students whose cumulative absences exceed 10% will be reviewed for continued enrollment at AISK.

Students who are absent from school for any reason on a particular day will not be permitted to participate in after-school activities or athletics on that day. Students who are absent from school may be withheld from sports competitions, travel etc.

Students who are absent from school for 3 days or more due to illness must provide a medical note from their doctor to the MSHS Office.

Seniors who have a Study Period during the 1st class of the day may arrive at AISK in time for their 2nd class.  Seniors who have a Study Period during the last class of the day may depart AISK at the end of their final class.  Students will need to sign-in and sign-out at the Office.  If these procedures are not followed, the Principal may revoke this privilege.  At the discretion of the Principal, Grade 11 may be given this privilege in their 2nd Semester, dependent on their academic performance.

TARDINESS

Students are expected to arrive at school and to class on time; being on time displays good manners and respect. Students who are tardy will be subject to the consequences outlined in the AISK Code of Conduct.  Tardiness is automatically entered in the school system as “unexcused” and a tardy signature is issued; if a parent or teacher notifies the Principal’s Assistant with a valid excuse, the tardy will be changed to “excused.”

PERMISSION TO LEAVE SCHOOL

 A note or email from the parent/guardian is necessary for any student who must leave the school before regular dismissal time. This note must state the date, time of departure and the person to whom the student will be released.

A parent/guardian must inform the school or their child’s teacher of any changes in the routine dismissal. Children will not be released to any person or other parent unless the administration has been informed of the change.  Parents are strongly encouraged to make routine dental, medical and other appointments outside of school hours so the learning in school is not disrupted.

Students who drive their own vehicle must obtain school permission to leave the premises prior to regular dismissal at 2:55 pm.

ILLNESS

Children with a severe rash, fever, diarrhea, contagious probability, and or vomiting must remain at home and be free of symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Any contagious illnesses or conditions must be reported to the school administration. Communicable diseases, such as head lice, ringworm, impetigo, must be reported to the Principal and School Nurse. Even if thought to be a communicable disease, a report will be made and parents will be contacted. The child may be required to report to school with a doctor's note stating that the issue has been dealt with and the child has been cleared.

In the event of injury, any action the Head of School deems necessary will be taken to ensure the well-being of the child. The office will make every attempt to contact the parents before any action is taken.  An Accident/Illness Report will be completed by AISK.  One copy will be kept on file at school and one copy will be sent home.

If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be notified and asked to promptly pick up their child.

MEDICAL PROCEDURE

All medication should be sent to the nurse and will only be administered following specific directions from a physician.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

DRESS CODE
AISK has a defined dress code that aims to:

  • teach students the role appearance and neatness plays in developing a sense of pride in oneself and the school.
  • maintain a degree of formality and decorum appropriate to a serious academic environment.
  • include clear guidelines that are effectively enforced.
  • allow parents to avoid excessive spending.
  • permit reasonable comfort.

UNIFORM
The School Uniform is to be worn for the entire academic day with the exception of Physical Education classes (see below). This is also true for most field trips.

Shirt:White short-sleeved polo shirt with the AISK logo
Pants/Skirt/Shorts:Navy blue or khaki colors only.  Must be worn at the waist and with a dark-colored belt if the shirt is tucked in. Pants/skirt/shorts must be plain, “uniform standard” clothing.  For shorts and skirts, length must be at or just above the knee.
Shoes/Socks: Shoes must be solid, closed black shoes with no contrasting colors. Socks must be solid black or white.  Socks must be worn with shoes.
Cover-upsThere may be days when it is cool enough that a student may want to wear a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt. The regulation school coverup is available online.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE

PERSONAL APPEARANCE
Jewelry: Conservative, neat jewelry may be worn in moderation; jewelry must not be distracting.
Makeup: Modest visible makeup is permitted; light colored polish (clear, pale pinks, French manicures) is permitted.
Hair/facial hair:Conservative, neat, natural-looking hair colors and styles only.
Hats: Hats are strongly encouraged for outdoor activities. Hats should be removed indoors. The wearing of sunscreen is also strongly encouraged.


THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM

The Physical Education uniform is only to be worn during Physical Education classes or during special events such as sports days. Students may arrive at school in this uniform if their first class is Physical Education. Students may wear the physical education uniform when leaving AISK if they had Physical Education during their last class of the day. The physical education uniform is the same for boys and girls:

Shirt: AISK PE shirt in green with AISK logo
Shorts: AISK PE shorts with AISK logo
Shoes: Trainers/Sneakers, any color
Hats/Sunscreen:The wearing of hats and sunscreen for PE is strongly encouraged.

 

 

UNIFORM ORDERING

THE FULL SCHOOL & PE UNIFORM IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE ONLINE:

ORDERING FROM ABROAD
For Families that are able to access online purchasing and take delivery off the island, you  may purchase directly from the Lands' End site by clicking on the Lands' End link below:

 

ORDERING LOCALLY
For Families who prefer to have uniforms purchased on their behalf and delivered to their door, please order from Mailpac Express by clicking on the Mailpac link below:

    

NON-UNIFORM DAYS

On occasion, school days are declared to be non-uniform or dress down days. On these days dress must be clean, modest and appropriate; all rules for normal uniform days apply here (shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup) with the only exceptions of color and style. It is important to recognize that school is a place of learning.

Prom, School Dances, and Semi-Formal functions are considered special events; we remind you to dress respectfully when selecting a dress or outfit.

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

 Supplies are required for the first day of school.  Please have all supplies labeled with your child’s name.  Please see school website for grade-specific supplies lists. Go to

BEFORE SCHOOL

Supervision is provided in relevant areas only from 7:20 am.  There is no supervision provided in individual classrooms or anywhere else in the building at this time.

DURING SCHOOL
Students have a 20-minute snack time and a 40-minute lunch period each day. Parents are encouraged to provide as nutritious a meal as possible, minimizing excess sweets and junk food. No chewing gum is allowed on campus. Students are encouraged to bring additional water to ensure adequate hydration.

Food and drink are also available at the canteen.  Students are strongly encouraged to pre-order their lunches beforehand to ensure ample time to eat.  Pre-ordering can be done before school. No outside delivery service is permitted by students for the purpose of obtaining food.

AFTER SCHOOL

All students must be off campus by no later than 4:30pm.  Students waiting on rides should be outside the school office and must not be wandering around campus

BLOCK ROTATION

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

07:45-08:30

A

F

C

E

B

08:35- 09:20

B

G

D

H

09:20-09:40

BREAK

09:40-11:10

C

B

E

A

H

11:15 - 12:45

D

A

G

C

F

12:45 - 1:25

LUNCH (40 minutes)

1:25 - 2:55

E

H

F

D

G

2:55 - 3:15

TUTORIALS

MEETING

TUTORIALS

 

3:15 - 4:15

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

COMMUNICATION


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting is held in October.  An open forum for parents is held once per year.  This is an opportunity for parents and Board members to discuss issues of concern to the AISK community.  

Parents are invited to contact the Head of School at any time for concerns, questions or suggestions.

CLASSROOM ANNOUNCEMENT

Individual classroom information and updates will be on Schoology.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER - eNotify

AISK sends home an electronic weekly newsletter containing administrative messages and general information, which is pertinent for the school community.  Parents should make sure they have a valid email address on file with the office.  Parents must read The Week Ahead received on Saturday mornings.

E-MAIL

Individual classroom teachers and the office will often contact parents via email. All staff members email addresses are first initial, last name e.g. - Susan Brown is sbrown@aisk.com and found at the front of this Handbook.

SMS
The main office will send reminders to parents of important upcoming events or general emergency information through our SMS system. This will send a text message to your cell phone.  Parents should make sure they have a valid cell phone number on file with the office.

TELEPHONE USE

Students are allowed to use the school telephone only for emergencies and must obtain teacher permission before going to the office to use the telephone.  The office phone is not to be used for making after school arrangements or having homework/materials delivered to the school.

Sometimes you will need to get a message to your child, and we will make every attempt to relay messages to children.  Please help us by limiting those calls to emergencies only.

BULLETIN BOARDS

Bulletin boards for parent’s use are available at AISK. Those wishing to post notices on the white board must request authorization through the office. The PTO and general notices bulletin board are located in the cafeteria and courtyard. There is also a bulletin board in the upstairs and downstairs elementary hallways for displaying students’ work.

WEBSITE - www.aisk.com

All information about the school is posted on the website. This includes current news items, calendars, plans and all other information related to life at AISK.

MORNING AND EVENING MEETINGS WITH ADMINISTRATION

Dates of meetings will be communicated in a timely fashion through all of the means mentioned above.

PARENT CONCERNS

Parents who have a concern or questions about curriculum or any classroom issues should privately discuss the matter with the teacher by arranging an appointment. If the teacher is unable to resolve the issue satisfactorily, a parent’s next course of action is to refer the issue to the Principal or Curriculum Coordinator.

Any other matter connected with the school or its administration should be discussed with the Head of School. If the Head of School is unable to satisfactorily resolve the matter, the person making the complaint may refer the matter to the Board of Directors in writing. Please see section 9 of the Board Policy and Regulations for more details about this procedure. 

PEOPLE TO CONTACT FOR HELP - 876-702-2070
Head of SchoolShirley Davissdavis@aisk.com
Middle School/High School PrincipalJaia Mastersonjmasterson@aisk.com
IT DirectorPatricia Watkinspwatkins@aisk.com
MS/HS Physical Education, Athletics Coordinator  
Activities Coordinator  
Business ManagerIngrid Fittifitt@aisk.com
Accounting ClerkKerry-Ann Lawesklawes@aisk.com
Head of School Personal AssistantCharlotte Smiklecsmikle@aisk.com
MS/HS Principal’s AssistantDenise Campbelldcampbell@aisk.com
ReceptionistSeanne Williamssewilliams@aisk.com
NurseKaren Hobbskhobbs@aisk.com

 

Is your Device School Ready for the First Day of School?

iPads and Laptops must be brought to the Help Desk for AISK network preparation between Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Friday, August 18, 2017. The laptop will be prepared to access the network services e.g. printing and file-sharing.  Students will be assigned school email address and logins to school software.

Parents should also note that they will need access to a computer in order to log on to our various e-resources.  Login ID and passwords can be obtained from the IT Coordinator Patricia Watkins at pwatkins@aisk.com.  As previously mentioned, all information regarding your child can be found through our e-resources and, in particular, Schoology.  Pat Watkins is the person to help you with Login information for this resource as well.

Payment Methods - First Semester Payment Due August 2, 2017

Deposits to School’s Bank Account

Deposits to secure your child/ren's seat are due 7 days after receipt of acceptance letter. Final payments for the first semester are due on August 2, 2016.

Please see methods of payment below:

First Global Bank Liguanea Branch:  

  • USD Account: 3530060
  • JMD Account: 8551129

If you are paying in JMD please call for the exchange rate 876-702-2070.

Deposits can also be made at the following branches:

  • First Global Bank, New Kingston
  • First Global Bank, Liguanea
  • First Global Bank, Mandeville
  • First Global Bank, Montego Bay

Vouchers for payment will be available at the branches in Kingston. Please request a voucher from the receptionist at the bank. Please write your child/ren’s names on the voucher and once paid, please return the school’s copy to the Business Manager, Ingrid Fitt.

Wire Transfer (In US Dollars)

Swift Code: NRTHUS33XXX
ABA:054001725
Address:1753 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20009
Bank: TD Bank, NA
Account No.:3980197689
Account Name:American International School of Kingston 


For those who wire from Swiss bank accounts, the swift code highlighted in red is to be omitted. 

Wire Transfer (In other currencies)

Swift Code:TDOMCATTTOR
Address:The Toronto –Dominion Bank, Toronto, Ontario,Canada
For further credit toTD Bank, N.A., 1753 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington,DC 20009, USA
In favour of:3980197689 
Account Name:American International School of Kingston
Address2 College Green Avenue, Kingston 6, Jamaica, W.I.


Cheques not negotiable in Jamaica

Payments being made via cheques drawn on a Foreign Bank MUST be submitted to the Business Manager.

FAQ

What time does New Student Orientation start?

New Student Orientation Registration begins at 10:00 am, for Elementary students and 10:30 am for Middle and High School students on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

What do students wear to Orientation?

Students are asked to come to orientation dressed appropriately in street clothes.

Are parents expected to stay for the orientation?

Yes. Parents are expected to stay for the orientation as the information is necessary for the smooth integration of students and their families into the AISK community.

Academic Calendar 2017-2018

2 College Green Avenue, Kingston 6, Jamaica
1-876-702-2070 • 1-876-702-2074

  
    
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